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My son 17 at the time just turned 18. Charged with burglary

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My son 17 at the time just turned 18. Charged with burglary dwelling stealing 2 vehicles bmw n range rover first offence he has learning disabilities adhd autistic spectrum bailed twice are we looking at prison sentence
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Jo C. replied 4 months ago.

Are these two different burglaries?

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
No the one
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Sam did do the burglary but didn't steal the vehicle from property the co accused did
Expert:  Jo C. replied 4 months ago.

How did he come to steal two vehicles from one property?

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
He didn't the 2 lads he was with did
Expert:  Jo C. replied 4 months ago.

Ok. He will be sentenced in the same way they were. The fact that they took the vehicles is no mitigation if he was with them and involved in the offence

However, on a first offence even of dwelling burglary custody would normally be imposed. it is serious offending but probably a suspended sentence would be possible.

Can I clarify anything for you?


Customer: replied 4 months ago.
I think that's ok the co accused are repeat offenders so different and are older. Im going to get Drs and specialist reports confirming special needs do you think will help?
Expert:  Jo C. replied 4 months ago.

Not particularly.

If the other two are repeat offenders they would get a higher sentence. They probably three strikers and subject to the mandatory minimum but that won't affect him.

To be wholly honest, he will be better off if he just takes responsibility. If he starts claiming special needs that will just annoy some judges.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Well one is supposed to be unable to find so the police say. It's been said he's an informant he actually broke into my house 4 years ago they had his DNA but nothing happened to him. The other has been given 18months already.
Expert:  Jo C. replied 4 months ago.

He may be. That doesn't guarantee leniency. It depends whether he has provided good information.

I'm happy to continue with this but please rate my answer.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Thought only rated when finished sorry. So to finish is it your professional opinion he could get suspended sentence?
Expert:  Jo C. replied 4 months ago.